Rollers begin Tri Series Tournament in style

Rollers begin Tri Series Tournament in style

The Australian national wheelchair basketball team the Rollers, were too strong for the visiting South African national team in game one of the Tri Series Tournament, winning 87-44 at the AIS Training Hall in Canberra this morning.

The game was the first of eight to be played throughout the week in the tournament which also includes the Netherlands.

Impressive defense from the South Africans was not enough to slow the Rollers, who executed their game plans to near perfection, taking advantage of their strong start and never looked back.

Australia broke away to set up their match winning lead in the first term, as the South Africans struggled to keep pace, trailing 10-26 after one quarter. The second term saw the visitors again forced into difficult shots, while Australia connected on 11 baskets opening up a commanding halftime lead.

South Africa picked up their scoring rate in the second half but Australia, behind the outstanding scoring contribution of Tristan Knowles (who finished with 22 points), did not allow them to narrow the gap.

Brad Ness scored 17 points for the Rollers, with Justin Eveson and Shaun Norris also registering double figures, while for the South Africans, Siphamandla Gumbi top scored with 9 points.

Box Scores

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AUDIO: South African Siphamandla Gumbi reacts to Game 1

AUDIO: South African Richard Nortje reacts to Game 1

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